Devolution Committee

Terms of Reference


President and Secretary of each national specialist society (e.g. SSG, WAGE)
Gastroenterology Training Programme Directors
GI Surgery Programme Directors
Endoscopy National Training Leads
Endoscopy Clinical Leads
Current CSSC Rep for each country
One surgeon from each nation if not already represented above


Two year term, one of the above, advertised and interviewed by BSG centrally


  • To consider issues where challenges and/or opportunities potentially arise for those working in the devolved administrations
  • To share good ideas and areas of good practice between the devolved administrations
  • To provide advice and assistance to those working in nations who face challenges peculiar to the devolved nations
  • To compare and monitor arrangements for the quality assurance of gastroenterology services within the devolved nations
  • To help to ensure that those working in the devolved administrations can implement guidelines and national standards (e.g. out-of-hours, IBD Standards)
  • To examine, and (where appropriate) challenge differences in prevailing standards within the devolved nations
  • To consider, compare and contrast manpower and trainee issues
  • To keep BSG officers and committees informed of the above, and to seek the help of relevant BSG Sections/Officers where appropriate


WAGE was founded in 2006 and has since gained momentum representing physicians, surgeons, radiologists, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals giving them a single voice advancing the welfare of patients with gastrointestinal and liver disease within Wales. It is recognised by the Welsh Assembly Government as a National Specialty Advisory Group (NSAG). The Association's object is to improve the care of patients in Wales with gastrointestinal disorders by:

  • Facilitating co-operation between physicians, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other healthcare professionals caring for patients with gastrointestinal disease.
  • Acting as a forum for disseminating advances in the discipline.
  • Encouraging higher standards of training, education and skill amongst those involved in the care of patients with gastrointestinal disease.
  • Promotion of research into gastrointestinal disease and the audit of clinical outcomes.
  • Facilitating and agreeing processes for the drawing up of all-Wales guidelines in gastroenterology.
  • Drawing the attention of the public and the Welsh Assembly Government to the needs of patients with gastrointestinal disease, establishing where necessary a patient/public interface where uncertainties exist regarding the prioritisation of resources.
  • Giving leadership and professional advice in the provision and development of services in gastrointestinal disease in consultation with the Welsh Assembly Government and other bodies.

Membership is open to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals including technicians involving in the care of patients with gastrointestinal disorders including hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Alison Davey at 01633 234226 or on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A temporary hosting website can be accessed on

It organises an annual one-day meeting in October each year for its members and interested parties. A one-day annual Spring meeting will be added from March 2012.


Scottish Society of Gastroenterology

President: Dr Kel Palmer

Secretary: Dr Ewan Forrest [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


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Northern Ireland

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